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    What Does Your Car's "Check Engine" Light Mean?

    Last updated 3 days ago

    The “check engine” light is one of the most dreaded automotive indicator lights, but it shouldn’t be. That’s because the “check engine” light automatically comes on whenever the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic (OBD) computer detects trouble with the emissions control system. Some of the most common causes of a “check engine” light include faulty fuel mix, poor electrical circuits, failing sensors, and even a loose gas cap. 

    If your car’s “check engine” light is on, come to Murray’s Auto Clinic. We are your emissions repair specialist in Silver Spring, MD. We use state-of-the-art equipment to pinpoint the cause of your vehicle’s illuminated “check engine” light. Call us at (240) 450-2478 to learn more about our emissions repair services

    Identifying the Most Common Signs of Brake Failure

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Although the braking system is one of the most important safety features on modern cars, it is also one of the most overlooked. In other words, the braking system goes unnoticed until a problem pops up—which is usually too late. To keep your car as safe as possible, learn to identify the most common signs of brake failure, their causes, and when to visit an auto repair shop to have your brakes replaced or repaired

    Unusual Noises Coming from the Brakes

    Squealing and grinding is one of the most telling signs of brake failure, and is usually an indication of worn or glazed brake pads. When built-in wear indicators come into contact with the brake rotor, they emit a squealing noise to warn you that it’s time to have your brake pads replaced.

    Pulsating Brake Pedal

    Another sign of brake failure is a pulsating brake pedal. Heat and wear causes this condition by wearing out and warping the brake rotor or drum. In order to fix the pulsating brake pedal, your brake repair shop will need to re-match or replace the worn out rotor or drum.

    Soft, Spongy Brake Pedal

    If you can depress the brake pedal all the way to the floor until your vehicle starts to slow, you need to visit a brake repair shop as soon as possible. A soft brake pedal is usually a result of brake fluid leakage due to failure of a brake house or rusted metal brake line, a worn wheel cylinder or brake caliper, or a worn master cylinder.

    If your brakes need to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced, bring your vehicle to Murray’s Auto Clinic. We specialize in major and minor automotive repair services, including brake repair. If you have questions about our brake inspection and repair services, please call us at (240) 450-2478. 

    Checking an Air Intake Filter

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Although it’s more affordable and more practical to purchase replacement air filters, you still need to know how to check the air filter to determine when it needs to be replaced. In this video, you will see how to check the air filter on your late-model car or truck. If you determine that your air filter needs to be replaced, use an OEM or OER air filter. Watch this video to learn more about checking the air intake filter and the difference between cleaning and replacing a dirty filter. 

    For help replacing your air intake filter, come to Murray’s Auto Clinic. From minor services and routine maintenance to major automotive repairs, we do everything it takes to keep your car in tip-top shape. Call us at (240) 450-2478 to learn more about our auto maintenance and repair services in Silver Spring, MD. 

    Is Your Car Ready to Drive this Summer?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Summer is brutal on your car, especially if you have a long commute each day or are planning a cross-country road trip. By prepping your car now, you can avoid many of the headaches that often accompany summer driving, including poor performance, overheating, and tire blowouts. Here are some tips on preparing your car for summer driving, courtesy of an auto repair shop in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

    Follow Your Oil Change Schedule

    Your owner’s manual includes recommended oil change intervals for your vehicle. As summer draws closer, make sure that you follow the oil change schedule and use the best weight and viscosity for summer driving. If you aren’t sure which type of motor oil is best for your vehicle during the summer, speak with an auto repair mechanic in your area.

    Check the Tires Regularly

    Keeping your tires properly inflated not only improves fuel economy, but it also ensures that your car will handle optimally in emergency maneuvers. Because warmer temperatures cause air pressure inside tires to decrease more rapidly, get into the habit of checking your tires at least once a week during the summer months.

    Add Antifreeze as Necessary

    Although most engines perform best around 220 degrees, temperatures much warmer than this can cause significant mechanical and performance issues. To keep your engine cool during the summer months, check antifreeze levels and add coolant as necessary. If you notice antifreeze leaking, take your vehicle to an auto repair shop to have the leak inspected and repaired.

    For help keeping your car in tip-top shape all summer long, bring it to Murray’s Auto Clinics. Our family owned auto repair and service centers have been performing major automotive repair and routine maintenance services in Silver Spring, MD since 1982. Call us at (240) 450-2712 to learn more about our automotive repair and maintenance services. 

    Common Reasons for Starting Troubles in Your Car

    Last updated 17 days ago

    If your car is having trouble starting, there may be one of several reasons for the issue. If the car is completely quiet when you turn the key, this could indicate that your battery has become disconnected. A clicking noise when you turn the key is a sign that your battery may be dead. Other causes for starting troubles include carburetor issues, a damp distributor cap, or a clogged accelerator pump. At the first sign of mechanical issues with your vehicle, it is important to set up a service appointment right away. 

    When you bring your car to Murray’s Auto Clinic for repairs, we will fully diagnose and fix your automotive issue. We offer a complete lineup of auto repairs, including brake repairs, transmission repairs, and emissions repairs. To schedule an appointment in the Silver Springs area, call us at (240) 450-2478. 

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